Warning! Spoilers ahead for the tenth episode of Season 1 of Andor, “One Way Out.”
The latest live-action Star Wars series Andor has arrived on Disney+. The tenth episode, “One Way Out” saw Andor and Kino lead a tense and emotional riot as they helped free their fellow inmates.
With just two episodes of this season left, let’s dive into the cathartic ending of “One Way Out.”
A Swim for Freedom
After last week’s startling discovery that the Empire had no plans of ever letting Andor (Diego Luna), Kino (Andy Serkis), Melshi (Duncan Pow), or any of the other prisoners leave, Cassian instigated a breakout. “One Way Out” clarified just how far Andor has come.
From the instant he convinced Kino to join him, his plan fell into place, a plan he’d been working on in scrupulous detail for a long time.
While the plan itself is a work of art, utilizing the power of the people within the prison itself as the means of their own survival and escape, Andor’s strategy also focused on identifying a partner to help him accomplish his goal.
As the shift leader on his level, Kino’s command of his men transformed him into a leader of the rebellion within the prison.
Yet, Kino’s own fear was holding him back until Andor reminded him of the value of their lives and their deaths: “I’d rather die trying to take them down than die giving them what they want.”
Those words may be the most powerful of Andor yet, foreshadowing not just Cassian’s eventual sacrifice for the Rebellion, but showcasing his inherent power as a catalyst for change.
With Kino using Andor’s exact words over the prison’s loudspeakers, the men found their “one way out” of the prison–a ledge over the sea where they jumped into the waters and swam for a new future.
All except Kino, who, once again, stayed back in fear, due to his inability to swim. We don’t know what exactly happened to Kino, but the final moments of the episode saw Andor and Melshi out of the water and running as far and fast as they could toward a bright horizon, charting a new path.
Andor is available to stream on Disney Plus.
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